discharge

verb
dis·charge | \ dis-ˈchärj , ˈdis-ˌ \

Definition of discharge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to relieve of a charge, load, or burden:

a : unload discharge a cargo ship

b : to release from an obligation will be discharged from further payment

c electrical engineering : to release electrical energy from (something, such as a battery or capacitor) by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) discharging electricity from a battery

2a : to let or put off discharge passengers discharge cargo

b : shoot discharge an arrow

c : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner discharge a patient

d : to give outlet or vent to : emit discharge emotions vehicles discharging exhaust fumes

3a(1) : to dismiss from employment had to discharge several employees last month

(2) : to release from service or duty discharge a soldier was discharged from the Navy

b : to get rid of (something, such as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action (such as payment) failing to discharge their debts

c law : to set aside or dismiss : annul discharge a court order

d : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 6) in order to bring it before the house (see house entry 1 sense 6a) for action

4 : to bear and distribute (something, such as the weight of a wall above an opening)

5 : to bleach out or remove (color or dye) in dyeing and printing textiles

6 : to cancel the record of the loan of (a library book) upon return

intransitive verb

1a : to throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden

b : to release electrical energy by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) ensure that the electricity discharges safely

2a : go off, fire used of a gun His weapon discharged .

b : spread, run some dyes discharge

c : to pour forth fluid or other contents where the river discharges into the ocean

discharge

noun
dis·charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj , dis-ˈ \

Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that oppresses : release

b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of release or payment produced the discharge as evidence

2 : the state of being discharged or relieved

3 : the act of discharging or unloading her discharge from the hospital

4 law : release from confinement a record of prison discharges

5 : a firing off the discharge of a weapon

6a : a flowing or issuing out a discharge of spores a discharge of mucus also : a rate of flow controlling the discharge of water

b : something that is emitted a purulent discharge a clear discharge from the eyes and nose

7 law : the act of removing an obligation or liability (see liability sense 2) received a full discharge from his creditors

8a : release or dismissal especially from an office or employment suing for wrongful discharge

b : complete separation from military service her discharge from the Navy an honorable discharge

9a physics : the equalization of a difference of electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2c) between two points

b energy engineering : the conversion of the chemical energy of a battery into electrical energy

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Other words from discharge

Verb

dischargeable \-jə-bəl \ adjective
dischargee \(ˌ)dis-ˌchär-ˈjē \ noun
discharger \dis-ˈchär-jər, ˈdis-ˌ \ noun

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Verb

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of discharge in a Sentence

Verb

She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. We had to discharge several employees last week. Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war. The judge discharged the jury. The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets. The gun failed to discharge.

Noun

The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital. Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge. After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher. The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle. a rapid discharge from a gun
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Staff members conduct round-the-clock head counts, sometimes at 15-minute intervals, all while monitoring the constant flow of boys being received and discharged. BostonGlobe.com, "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 This ignominy comes after de Carvalho was discharged of his duties by Sporting's board members last month. SI.com, "Ex-Sporting CP President Embroiled in €500,000 Per Year Communications Company Scandal," 10 July 2018 The governor’s office says that the bloom has spread to both of Florida’s coasts because the Army Corps of Engineers has been discharging algae-containing water from Lake Okeechobee to various rivers and estuaries. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida’s Waterways," 10 July 2018 Soon after being discharged a year later, he was introduced to agent Henry Willson, who changed Hunter’s name from Art Gelien (selecting Hunter because of the hunter horses Tab liked to ride). Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Tab Hunter, Damn Yankees Heartthrob Who Later Came Out as Gay, Dies at 86," 9 July 2018 And when his age got him discharged, Hunter moved to Los Angeles, where he was discovered while working as a stable hand. Gina Piccalo, latimes.com, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018 Some federal student loans may even be forgiven or discharged under certain circumstances. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Should a Parent or Student Take Out the College Loan?," 8 July 2018 An inspection on June 22 by Dam Safety personnel from the Kentucky Division of Water noted a large leak discharging on the downstream slope of the 70-foot-high dam. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "Fish moved from lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site," 4 July 2018 The Summerville Police officer, identified as R. Gayhart, fell off the vehicle before discharging his weapon. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "'Stop or I'll shoot you,' cop yells as driver drags him. He didn't stop, video shows," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He was immediately sent to McCoy Air Force base in Orlando, Florida, and in 1962, received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/10," 10 May 2018 My husband, who had recently been placed on special assignment in Hawaii, had to petition for an honorable discharge in order to care for me. Sarah Wilson As Told To Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "I Trusted My Doctor—Until I Became Addicted to Prescription Painkillers," 22 Apr. 2016 In addition to the first-degree murder count, Garza faces two charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to court records. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Glendale Heights teen expected to enter plea next week in shooting death authorities said was gang-related," 2 July 2018 Supporters of the resolution could overcome that with a discharge petition that forces a floor vote on the resolution, but the petition still lacks the 218 necessary votes to proceed. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Net neutrality repeal kicks in; here's what that means," 11 June 2018 Net neutrality isn’t the only issue trying to force its way before Congress through a discharge petition. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Congress is less than 50 votes from passing a motion to save net neutrality," 8 June 2018 An honorable discharge is the only type that entails full benefits. Jennifer Mcdermott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Discharged veterans work to end employment discrimination," 25 May 2018 He has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and is expected to appear for an arraignment hearing on Friday. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Dixon, Illinois High School shooting: Police say mom bought gun used by suspect," 18 May 2018 Suspect Matthew Milby faces three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm and $2 million bond, Illinois State Police said. Emanuella Grinberg And Amanda Watts, CNN, "This officer stopped a school shooter before anyone got hurt," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of discharge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for discharge

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French descharger, from Late Latin discarricare, from Latin dis- + Late Latin carricare to load — more at charge

Noun

see discharge entry 1

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discharge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to allow (someone) to leave a hospital, prison, etc.

: to take away the job of (someone) : to end the employment of (someone)

: to end the service of (someone) in a formal or official way : to release (someone) from duty

discharge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

: the release of someone from a hospital, prison, etc.

: the act of firing or dismissing someone from a job

: the act of ending a person's service to the military

discharge

verb
dis·charge | \ dis-ˈchärj \
discharged; discharging

Kids Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to allow to leave or get off The patient was discharged from the hospital.

2 : to dismiss from service discharge a worker

3 : to free of a load or burden : unload discharge a ship

4 : shoot entry 1 sense 2 discharge a gun

5 : to cause to shoot out of discharge a bullet

6 : to pour forth fluid or other contents The chimney discharged smoke.

7 : to get rid of by paying or doing discharge a debt He discharged his responsibilities.

discharge

noun
dis·charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Kids Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the release of someone from a place The doctor approved her discharge from the hospital.

2 : the release from a duty or debt

3 : a certificate of release or payment

4 : the act of firing a person from a job

5 : an end of a person's military service

6 : an act of firing off a gun's discharge

7 : something that flows out The discharge was coming from a pipe.

discharge

verb
dis·charge | \ dis(h)-ˈchärj , ˈdis(h)-ˌ \
discharged; discharging

Medical Definition of discharge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a patient from the hospital

2a : to give outlet to or emit a boil discharging pus

b : to release or give expression to (a pent-up emotion or a repressed impulse) discharged his anxiety by working out with a punching bag

intransitive verb

: to pour forth fluid or other contents

discharge

noun
dis·charge | \ ˈdis(h)-ˌchärj , dis(h)-ˈ \

Medical Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of relieving of something discharge of a repressed impulse

2 : release from confinement, custody, or care returned to work the day after discharge from the hospital

3 : something that is emitted or evacuated a purulent discharge from a wound a thick white vaginal discharge

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discharge

transitive verb
dis·charge | \ dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Legal Definition of discharge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to release from an obligation: as

a : to relieve of a duty under an instrument (as a contract or a negotiable instrument) also : to render (an instrument) no longer enforceable a formal instrument…may be discharged by either cancellation or surrender —J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

b : to release (a debtor in bankruptcy) from liability for his or her debts

2 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner

3a : to dismiss from employment : terminate the employment of

b : to release from service or duty discharge a jury discharge a witness

4a : to get rid of (as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action

b : to fulfill a requirement for evidence which is required to discharge the burden of going forward —W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

5 : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill in order to bring it before the house for action

Other words from discharge

dischargeability \dis-ˌchär-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
dischargeable \dis-ˈchär-jə-bəl \ adjective

discharge

noun
dis·charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Legal Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that burdens or oppresses : release

b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of or a document proving release or payment

2 : the state of being discharged or released a party seeking a total discharge

3 : release from confinement ordering a conditional discharge of the alien on habeas corpusHarvard Law Review

4 : the act of removing an obligation or liability (as by payment of a debt or performance of a duty)

5a : a dismissal from employment or office

constructive discharge

: discharge of an employee effected by making the employee's working conditions so intolerable that he or she reasonably feels compelled to resign

retaliatory discharge

: a wrongful discharge that is done in retaliation for an employee's conduct (as reporting an employer's criminal activity) and that clearly violates public policy

wrongful discharge

: discharge of an employee for illegal reasons or for reasons that are contrary to public policy (as in retaliation for the employee's refusal to engage in unlawful activity)

b : a release from service or duty

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